Well they do at the University of Tennessee at the Maintenance and Reliability Center under the direction of Tom Byerley.
Below is the MRC Departmental Mission:
The Maintenance and Reliability Center (MRC) exists to advance maintenance and reliability education and practices within the academic and industrial communities. We create opportunities for member companies, students, faculty, and industry to achieve exceptional value through a comprehensive program of education, research, and information sharing. For more information on this unique program check
Great to see that at least one major university recognizes the value contribution of maintenance. To see Tom's interview with Joel Leonard check out the In Crisis Comes Opportunity section of SKILLTV.net.